First Families & Early Settlers of Montana


The Montana State Genealogical Society issues First Families of Montana certificates to descendants of the very first residents who arrived before statehood on 8 November 1889.

The Montana State Genealogical Society issues Early Settlers of Montana certificates to descendants who arrived between 9 November 1889 and 31 December 1929.

Family descendant certificates will also be issued to those who provide satisfactory proof that a sister or brother of a direct descendant meets the qualifications of either a First Family or Early Settler of Montana.

Successful applications that were approved before March 2020 will be included in Volume V of our series "First Families and Early Settlers of Montana". That Volume will be available for purchase in September 2021.

MSGS will continue to accept applications, but the publication of a Volume VI is not guaranteed.

To Submit an Ancestor: (* Required Forms for Application)

Eligibility & Instructions

The Application * (Adobe Acrobat Reader Required)

Pedigree Chart or Relationship Chart * (Adobe Acrobat Reader Required)

Sample Certificate * Please show us how you would like your name spelled on the certificate.

Send Applications to:

First Families of Montana Applications
PO Box 1012
Condon MT 59826

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Combined Index for Volumes I, II, III, and IV is now available:
Surnames A - G Surnames H - N Surnames O - Z